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Just as malbec emerged from its past as an obscure blending grape in Bordeaux to become Argentina’s trendy, signature wine, bonarda – largely a blending grape in Argentina – is coming into its own as an affordable, fruit-forward, food-friendly red.
If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift for a wine-loving dad, there’s no better time to introduce him to Argentina’s overlooked and easygoing bonarda. The second most widely planted grape in Argentina, bonarda is thought to be from Italy and produces red wines with good fruit intensity but the acidity to be food-friendly. And Pearson’s in Glover Park has a particularly attractive Saturday sale on a good example of how fun bonarda can be, and at a price that’s the lowest we can find in the country.
Finca La Linda is the second label of Luigi Bosca, one of the oldest names in Argentine wines and makers of some single-vineyard malbecs that typically cost $20 a bottle or more. Like the Finca La Linda Malbec Mendoza we recommended last year (on sale at $8.99 back then), the 2007 Finca La Linda Bonarda would make a fine companion to a juicy Father’s Day steak dinner (as long as you don’t make Dad do his own grilling). And Pearson’s has it on sale for $7.99 a bottle and an even more affordable $6.99 a bottle by the case. (Though Pearson’s may run out today, we’re told they’re getting 25 more cases of La Linda on Monday and the sale will go through next week.)
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“Aromas of red plum are underscored by hints of smoked meat in the nose of this 2007 Bonarda,” writes Gabe Sasso on his wine blog, Gabe’s View. “The palate is marked by fleshy red fruit notes alongside little reference points to apricot. Black olive, pomegranate, and dusty dark chocolate are all part of the finish.”
Sasso thinks it drinks nicely on its own, but recommends it with food, particularly red meat. “If meat isn’t your thing, grab a loaf of crusty bread, and some hard cheese to pair alongside this tasty wine,” he adds.
At 14 percent alcohol by volume, it’s a powerful wine that pairs well with steak or pasta with a hearty red sauce, according to Rick Lyke, who writes about beer, wine and spirits out of Charlotte, NC, on his Lyke 2 Drink blog. “Dark fruits dominate the flavor,” he says. “Plums and ripe raisins open to a moderate amount of tannins. It has a good level of oak and even a slight smoke in the finish.”
Despite its somewhat girly name, La Linda is a manly wine that should go well with most any Father’s Day feast. And at $7.99/$6.99 a bottle, frugal fathers will like it that much more.
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